With unmatched azure lagoons, vacationing on the Pacific Islands can be very pricey. To determine the best months during high season to visit the Pacific Islands we compared seasonality against the average price of hotels on each of main islands for you to enjoy the cheapest pacific island holiday possible without compromising on the perks of luxury hotels and good peak season weather…
|Pacific Island||Cheapest month/s||Avg. prices|
|Tonga||Jul & Sept||S$157|
|Guam||Jun & Apr||S$241|
|Samoa||May & Jun||S$178|
|Cook Islands||May & Jun||S$324|
|Bora Bora||Aug & Sept||S$886|
Best months to visit: July & September (S$157)
With hotels costing an average of $153 a night, the Kingdom of Tonga tops our list for being the most affordable Pacific Island. Diverse in all regards, from biodiversity to diverse accommodation options, Tonga is the best foolproof Pacific Island getaway, providing an abundance of choice for every type of vacationer.
Best hotel to stay at: Royal Sunset Island Resort
Can you miss the tropics when you’re living in them? Yes. There are gradients to everything and when we talk about tropical, Tonga-style, we mean thriving.raw.nature. An abundance of seafood caught daily by Tongan fishermen, the immaculate coral reefs scattered along the island’s pristine blue lagoons, and the incredible hospitality of the local people – just some of the things you can anticipate enjoying on your stay.
The low-key but elegant ocean side Royal Sunset Island Resort is nestled in lush Tongan gardens. Stay in a traditional beach fale (ranging from single to family sized) and enjoy the spectacle of the changing vistas from your beach facing room window, including the showstopping tropical sunset.
Best months to visit: June & April ($241)
The best months to visit this tropical beach paradise are April and June, during dry season, when accommodation prices are at their lowest, averaging $241 a night.
Best hotel to stay at: Guam Reef and Olive Spa Resort
You can guess what highlights lie in store for guests through the hotel’s name. 1. The stunning bayside location and 2. the top notch Japanese Olive Spa. Situated on Tumon Bay by the beach, there are lots of points of interest in the vicinity, most notably Two Lovers Point to the north.
Also close by is the entertainment quarter, laden with shopping centres, restaurants, and the Guam Zoo!
Best months to visit: May & June ($178)
Afio mai (welcome) to Polynesian Samoa, the land of volcanoes, waterfalls, beaches, and everything nature has to offer. One of the first civilisations in the South Pacific islands, you can bet Samoan culture is more than just interesting.
Best hotel to stay at: Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Hotel & Bungalows
Located between the Faleolo International Airport and Falefa, the Sheraton Samoa Beach Resort is a great base to explore Samoa’s Upolu Island as everything on the island is relatively close by. To experience the breathtaking gorgeousness that is Samoa, all you have to do is step out of your room and you’ll be blown away by the views over Apia Harbour.
Stay in a bungalow – you have your choice between a 2, 3 or 6 person bungalow whether you’re a couple, family, or travelling with your mates. Also near by are the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum and Papapapaitai Falls, reachable by car within 15 and 20 minutes respectively.
Best month to visit: October ($242)
October reigns supreme when it comes to finding affordable holiday accommodations in the sport-obsessed Fiji. Even if you’re not a rugby fanatic, the gorgeous island attracts the outdoors-men and women including hikers, birdwatchers, and beach goers.
If you’re more the indoors sort, or both…
Best hotel to stay at: Uprising Beach Resort Fiji
The Uprising Beach Resort is where you’ll discover the abundance of choice Fiji offers. The resort has accommodation types to suit any budget, ranging from private beachfront villas to a tree house dorm! Open air showers, huge balconies overlooking the water, and lounge suites. Oh and ruggers, surprise, the resort is also a rugby club, dedicated to teaching less fortunate youths.
Best month to visit: July ($238)
Can’t quite afford going to France but craving a taste of the Riviera on your next holiday? Look no further than New Caledonia, where France and the South Pacific collide. If you’re on a budget then July is the best time to visit, plus you’ll be able to spend more on the food – influenced by French-style cooking. If you’re feeling adventurous, signup for a Table d’hôte (table of the host) experience – where you get to dine on authentic local food in the home of a local.
Best hotel to stay at: L’Escapade Island Resort
Located 20 minutes by boat from the capital, Nouméa, is the L’Escapade Island Resort, located directly on the water on its own private island! With the only over-water bungalows on the territory, guests can anticipate easy access to water sports, the beach, and lots of fresh greenery in the hotel’s tropical garden.
As the cheapest month, July is also the best time to find accommodation that’d otherwise be in short supply, such as the resort’s 25 over water bungalows where you can go snorkeling around coral reefs straight off your private deck. Otherwise there’s also island rooms by the resort’s huge pool that’s the size of the width of the island!
Best months to visit: May & June ($324)
The Cook Islands are a popular tourist destination. So, for the discerning traveller, it’s important to know May and June are the cheapest and least crowded of the high season months to visit. The largest and most populated of the islands, Rarotonga, is a cosmopolitan hub with cafes and a thriving food scene.
Best hotel to stay at: Moana Sands Beachfront Villas
This Aparthotel is ideal for families who’d like the convenience of a kitchenette while, with beach facing balconies, still retaining the nuanced holiday accommodation vibe.
Located right on Titikaveka Beach, you’ll hit the sand running as soon as you take the first steps out of your villa. Can you envision your kids building sandcastles directly outside your hotel room as you catch up on your novel? Paradise.
Best months to visit: July ($341)
When thinking of Tahiti, vintage travel posters come to mind. Follow in the footsteps of the 1960s’ jetset by holidaying on this island in French Polynesia, the cheapest of all the main islands – accommodations are almost half the price of Bora Bora!
Best hotel to stay at: Manava Suite Resort Tahiti
To experience Mana – the power that binds and surrounds all living things – stay at the Manava Suite Resort Tahiti as, once you lay your eyes on the out-of-this-world infinity pool you’ll understand what Mana is. Plus, after all, “Mana” is in its name!
Note that all of the various accommodation types and sizes are child-friendly, all offering babysitting services, so if you don’t need the massive space offered in the 6 person garden duplex, a studio suite is perfectly fine for a small family.
Best months to visit: August & September ($886)
While it’s the priciest of the main Pacific Islands it’s often lauded as “the best island in the world” and is definitely worth holidaying here if you have the extra cash. The name in itself has a becoking ring to it (after all it means “created by the gods”) and, when coupled with photos of the majestic Mount Otemanu and the crystal-clear blue lagoons, there’s no chance you wont start a piggy bank labled “Bora Bora Funds”.
Best hotel to stay at: Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort
Right across from the Sofitel are the Coral Gardens, a spectacular coral reef thriving with marine life, while the Matira Beach is a few minutes drive by car south. Watch the sea creatures from your in-room glass viewing platforms or swim with sharks and manta-rays through the hotel’s “Eco Lagoon Tour” and be sure to sip on lots of fresh coconut and savour the excellent Polynesian barbecue!